• Brighton Progress Bodes Well For Next Season

    After last season’s battle to avoid the drop, Brighton look to have come on leaps and bounds this term under manager Graham Potter. Pushing for a top-10 finish in the current campaign, the future looks bright for the Seagulls and thoughts will soon turn to what they might be able to achieve next season.

    Life After White
    Much was made over the sale of star defender Ben White last summer, with the England international completing his big-money move to Arsenal. While White has done well in the capital and will be hoping to make sure the Gunners are in the UEFA Champions League odds for next season, Brighton have coped well since his departure. There was no doubting the 24-year-old’s talents and the Seagulls rightly got the sizeable fee of £50million for his services. However, there has been no gaping void that some might have feared in White’s absence and the Brighton hierarchy have been somewhat justified in his sale.

    The likes of defenders Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster have stood up well in the heart of the Brighton defence and made the Seagulls a tough nut to crack this season. With just 11 defeats from their first 34 games of the campaign, Dunk and Webster can take great credit for helping the Seagulls grind out points that has put them in a position comfortably above the relegation zone.

    Keeping Potter Will Be Key

    While Brighton will of course look to finish the season off positively and finish on a high, plans will already be in place for summer recruitment and on what can be achieved next term. The Seagulls have spent within their means since their arrival in the Premier League and another campaign in the top flight, and the money that brings, will see some more quality added to the squad this summer.

    Arguably the biggest challenge that will face Brighton this summer is making sure Potter is the man in the dugout at the Amex at the start of next season. The English tactician has seen his stock rise even higher with his efforts this term and the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have previously been linked with his services. It seems like Potter is happy with life at Brighton and the suggestions are that he will want to continue to develop what he has already built at the Amex for at least another season.

    Keeping key players like forward Leandro Trossard and defender Tariq Lamptey will be important to help continue Brighton’s steady rise. While spending within their means, it will also be crucial that the board try to give Potter the additions he requires to take Brighton up to the next level and to dream of bringing European football to the Amex Stadium in the future.
    It’s certainly exciting times at Brighton & Hove Albion F.C and after a strong campaign this term, there’s plenty of cause for optimism ahead of the highly-anticipated 2022-23 campaign.

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